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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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Smart Cities Miami Conference 2019 Theme: Transportation, Social AI, Privacy

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Smart Cities Miami Conference 2019 Theme: Transportation, Social AI, Privacy

The University of Miami’s School of Architecture (U-SoA) and University of Miami Center for Computational Science (UMCCS) will host their Third Annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference (SCMC) on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. This year’s Conference theme is transportation, social artificial intelligence, and privacy. The Conference will also feature the launch of the inaugural Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables. SCMC 2019 at the University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban design, architecture, and engineering in alignment with computational resources and analytical expertise to aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities. The conference gathers leaders in academia, professional practice, and industry to examine the Smart Cities phenomenon in relation to emerging trends and technology. The focus is on infrastructure and the built environment as well as new potentials for business and governance. For the 2019 edition, Smart Cities MIAMI will explore the game-changing impact of emerging technology from Artificial Intelligence to Mixed Reality on the way we design, manage, and inhabit cities. Launching at this year’s conference, the Design Your Coral Gables competition, organized by the City of Coral Gables, U-SoA, and UMCCS will invite participants to bring their ideas to life by prototyping technology solutions on one of five transportation and traffic challenges. Join us on January 25, 2019 for workshops, the keynote talk, panel discussions, networking, and the Competition. Cost to attend: $35 per person Register here (Admission includes lunch/networking reception.) Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibitor Spaces are available.   For questions regarding the Competition, email ccsengagement@miami.edu.          ...

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Lunch & Learn: Modernizing Service Deployment w/Ansible & Docker 10/10

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Lunch & Learn: Modernizing Service Deployment w/Ansible & Docker 10/10

CCS presents a Lunch and Learn session Modernizing Service Deployment with Ansible and Docker at UM Libraries on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM. Register Now The University of Miami Libraries recently launched a new main website (https://library.miami.edu) and archival description and access system (https://atom.library.miami.edu). Charles Brown-Roberts, Web and Application Developer, will discuss developing and deploying the services that generate and run the website using Docker containerization in Microsoft Azure. Paul Clough, Digital Architect and Infrastructure Librarian, will discuss creating automated, repeatable deployments across development, staging, and production environments using Ansible automation. Location Gables One Tower, Training Room 639, 1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL  33146 Attendance is limited to 25.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Light lunch provided.  This class is free to UM Faculty/Staff/Students.                         ...

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2-Day Software Carpentry “R” Workshop 10/11-12/2018 Medical Campus

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2-Day Software Carpentry “R” Workshop 10/11-12/2018 Medical Campus

Registration Closed |  Please Read Instructions Topics covered in this Workshop: The Unix shell Version control with git Programming with R Since the goal of this workshop is to bring you up to speed with data analysis, it would be incomplete without instruction on a shell as well as a version control system. The shell is important in building reproducible data analysis pipelines where your R scripts may be just one component, Git is an incredibly useful tool for version control, collaboration and management of your coding projects. This Workshop is capped at 35 participants, and is on a first-come/ first-served basis. If you are looking to make yourself competitive in the job market If you want to take a personal project to the next level If you are interested in playing with data Then, this workshop is for you. Our trained instructors will lead you through a comprehensive, hands-on overview of what you can do with R, using an example dataset. We will go from reading data into R to data types, functions, conditional statements, loops, how to write in RMarkdown, as well as best practices for writing R code that other people can understand and use. This workshop is designed to provide a foundation of basic concepts that all programming depends on, using R as an example.   WHEN Thursday and Friday, October 11-12, 2018 8:30 AM Registration  | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Course Hours, Both Days WHERE Batchelor Childrens' Research Institute, Room 508 A-B, 1580 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136  |  Map & Directions   NOTE: Please bring your own laptop (any OS). ____________________ Brought to you by the Graduate School, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, UM Libraries, and CCS, this 2-day workshop will provide you with the basic computing skills and best practices needed to be productive in a small research team. The format is a mixture of short seminars and hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.   Instructors:  Gabriel Odom, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate MSOM Public Health Sciences, Xi Chen, PhD Laboratory  |  Kalan Dawson, CCS Advanced Computing Systems Administrator   SPONSORS                                                ...

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 11/8-9/2018 RSMAS Campus

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 11/8-9/2018 RSMAS Campus

Register Now This Bash, Python, and git workshop is capped at 35 participants, and is on a first-come/first-served basis. If you are looking to make yourself competitive in the job market If you want to take a personal project to the next level If you are interested in learning programming for data analysis Then, this workshop is for you. Our trained instructors will lead you through a comprehensive, hands-on overview of an introductory data analysis using Python. We will cover topics like data types, functions, conditional statements, loops, errors and exceptions, debugging, and some key Python libraries and writing Python programs that will work like Linux command-line tools. This workshop is designed to provide a foundation of basic concepts that all programming depends on, using Python as an example. WHEN Thursday and Friday, November 8-9, 2018 8:00 AM Registration  | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Course Hours, Both Days WHERE Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmostpheric Science (RSMAS) Science Laboratory and Administration Building (aka SLAB)  | Library, Map and Chart Room 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, FL 33149 You may park on the first level of the first building as you enter on the left, or, you may park in the lot outside the fence along the road. NOTE: Bring your own laptop (any OS).   Brought to you by the Graduate School, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, UM Libraries, and CCS, this 2-day workshop will provide you with the basic computing skills and best practices needed to be productive in a small research team. The format is a mixture of short seminars and hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.   Instructors:  Cameron Riopelle, PhD, Data Services Librarian  |  Tim Norris, PhD, Research Data Scientist   Getting Started  - Set up  To participate in a Software Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software described below (Bash Shell, Git, and Python). In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser. We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page. The Bash Shell Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Windows Video Tutorial Download the Git for Windows installer. Run the installer and follow the steps bellow: Click on "Next". Click on "Next". Keep "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt" selected and click on "Next". If you forgot to do this programs that you need for the workshop will not work properly. If this happens rerun the installer and select the appropriate option. Click on "Next". Keep "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings" selected and click on "Next". Keep "Use Windows' default console window" selected and click on "Next". Click on "Install". Click on "Finish". If your "HOME" environment variable is not set (or you don't know what this is): Open command prompt (Open Start Menu then type cmd and press [Enter]) Type the following line into the command prompt window exactly as shown:setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%" Press [Enter], you should see SUCCESS: Specified value was saved. Quit command prompt by typing exit then pressing [Enter] This will provide...

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GIS day at UM 11/13/2018 + Geography Awareness Week

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GIS day at UM 11/13/2018 + Geography Awareness Week

Theme: Urban Sustainability  |  Register Now GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate. GIS day events take place around the globe. GIS day this year is on 11/14/2018 but UM is celebrating on 11/13. For all GIS day events, visit the national site:  gisday.com.  Follow @gisday on twitter, and share your photos via gisday@esri.com or on their story map. Agenda Tuesday, November 13th M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Room 115 (Capacity 50) 12-12:30 PM Registration 12:30 PM Opening Remarks by Dean of Library, Dean Charles Eckman 1:00 to 3:00 PM Sustainable Lunch by ECO students organization Geography Bowl 3:00-4:30 PM Opening Remarks by the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dean Bachas Resilience Panel: To be moderated by Dr. Moise Mr. Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami Dade County Ms. Elizabeth Wheaton, Director, Environment & Sustainability Department, City of Miami Beach Mr. Matt Anderson, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Coral Gables Ms. Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Announcement of Photo Contest and GEG Bowl results 4:30-5:00 PM: Reception (Sponsored by UM Library) 5:00-6:00 PM Opening Remarks by Chair of Geography, Prof. Fuller Keynote Lecture: Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer, Broward County...

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Post-Event report on 9/21/2018 Student Social Systems Flash Talks

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Post-Event report on 9/21/2018 Student Social Systems Flash Talks

On Friday, September 21st, the CCS Social Systems Informatics program hosted graduate students and postdocs from across the University for an afternoon of networking and flash presentations of their research, at an event titled "Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM". A program created in 2015, Social Systems Informatics is about modeling (big) behavioral data to understand human and non-human social interactions. The event was informal, with a people bingo game starting off the afternoon and allowing the students and postdocs to connect over things like being Pegasus users, working with toddlers, or working with a model organism. The breadth of disciplines represented in those who attended was staggering:  Students and postdocs from Journalism, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Psychology, Biology, Computer Engineering, Public Health, and Ophthalmology came together, discussed their projects, and left with new ideas of directions they can pursue. One student, who studies mitochondrial diseases using mouse models was inspired by the talk on the deconvolution of toddler speech in classrooms to investigate patterns in mouse vocalizations as a response to injury. Other presentations touched on subjects like the public health implications and innovative interventions that become possible with information on social networks among of opioids users, and improving the diagnostic tools used for autism spectrum disorders using computer vision algorithms. The value of the event is exemplified in a note that we received from another student: “Connections, connections was fascinating! This event was very useful in learning about the diversity of topic contents in which human network analysis could be utilized. I had no idea that social network data analysis for seasonal farm worker women who use opioids could [also be used] to examine classrooms of children with autism spectrum disorder. This event created new social networks, that were not available before, for me to be a part of. Thank you for the opportunity to meet other faculty, students, and researchers across UM departments. I am looking forward to the next Connections, connections event!”   [gmedia...

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 11/14-15/2018 Gables Campus

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2-Day Software Carpentry-Python Workshop 11/14-15/2018 Gables Campus

Register Now This Bash, Python, and git workshop is capped at 24 participants, and is on a first-come/ first-served basis. If you are looking to make yourself competitive in the job market If you want to take a personal project to the next level If you are interested in learning programming for data analysis Then, this workshop is for you. Our trained instructors will lead you through a comprehensive, hands-on overview of an introductory data analysis using Python. We will cover topics like data types, functions, conditional statements, loops, errors and exceptions, debugging, and some key Python libraries and writing Python programs that will work like Linux command-line tools. This workshop is designed to provide a foundation of basic concepts that all programming depends on, using Python as an example. WHEN Wednesday and Thursday, 11/14-15/2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM WHERE Richter Library, Learning Commons Flexible Program Space (1st Floor), Gables Campus NOTE: Bring your own laptop (any OS).   ____________________ This 2-day workshop will provide you with the basic computing skills and best practices needed to be productive in a small research team. The format is a mixture of short seminars and hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.   Instructors:  Nick O'Neill, PhD student in Neuroscience |  Tim Norris, PhD, Research Data Scientist   Getting Started - Setup To participate in a Software Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software described below (Bash Shell, Git, and Python). In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser. We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page. The Bash Shell Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Windows Video Tutorial Download the Git for Windows installer. Run the installer and follow the steps bellow: Click on "Next". Click on "Next". Keep "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt" selected and click on "Next". If you forgot to do this programs that you need for the workshop will not work properly. If this happens rerun the installer and select the appropriate option. Click on "Next". Keep "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings" selected and click on "Next". Keep "Use Windows' default console window" selected and click on "Next". Click on "Install". Click on "Finish". If your "HOME" environment variable is not set (or you don't know what this is): Open command prompt (Open Start Menu then type cmd and press [Enter]) Type the following line into the command prompt window exactly as shown:setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%" Press [Enter], you should see SUCCESS: Specified value was saved. Quit command prompt by typing exit then pressing [Enter] This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program. macOS The default shell in all versions of macOS is Bash, so no need to install anything. You access Bash from the Terminal (found in/Applications/Utilities). See the Git installation video tutorial for an example on how to open the Terminal. You may want to keep Terminal in your dock for this workshop. Linux The default shell is usually Bash, but if...

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VizUM 2018 and Inaugural VizUM Visualization Competition 11/15/18

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VizUM 2018 and Inaugural VizUM Visualization Competition 11/15/18

VizUM 2018 | 11/15/18 VizUM 2018 has been scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00-7:00 PM. The finalists' projects from the inaugural VizUM Visualization Competition will be presented. REGISTER NOW  Free  |  Event Announcement If you plan to attend and need FREE PARKING, please register your vehicle. Those with UM parking permits do not need to register (your vehicle is already in the system and you may park in the grey zones). Speakers   Bongshin Lee | Microsoft Bongshin Lee is a Senior Researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction and EPIC research groups at Microsoft Research. She explores innovative ways to enable people to create visualizations, interact with their data, and share data-driven stories. Recently, she has been recently on helping people collect and explore data about themselves, and, share insights with others by leveraging visualizations. Bongshin currently serve as a Papers Co-Chair for PacificVis 2018 and as Associate Editor for IEEE TVCG. She served as a General Co-Chair for IEEE PacificVis 2017, and Papers Co-Chair for IEEE InfoVis 2015 and 2016. She earned her MS and PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland at College Park in 2002 and 2006, respectively. For more information, please visit bongshiny.com. Hadley Wickham | RStudio Hadley Wickham is a Chief Scientist at RStudio, and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University, and Rice University. Hadley builds tools (computational and cognitive) that make data science easier, faster, and more fun. He's from New Zealand but he currently lives in Houston, TX with his partner and two dogs. Most of Hadley's work is in the form of open source R code, which you can find on github.com/hadley. You can roughly divide his work into three categories: tools for data science, tools for data import, and software engineering tools. hadley.nz   Flyer | Poster...

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Cleaning Data with OpenRefine & Excel Workshop 11/29-30/2018 Gables Campus

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Cleaning Data with OpenRefine & Excel Workshop 11/29-30/2018 Gables Campus

Register Now Open to UM Faculty/Staff/Students This workshop introduces participants to techniques for cleaning and transforming data with OpenRefine and Microsoft Excel. Sometimes datasets are created by multiple individuals, and/or created without a clear set of guidelines. The resulting datasets may be difficult to analyze because they lack standardization (i.e., New York City may be listed as “NYC,” “New York, NY”, “New York City”, and “New York City, NY”). In this workshop, participants will learn how to quickly and efficiently find standardization issues and other errors, and how to correct them in bulk, as well as how to enhance existing datasets by adding new metadata fields. When Thursday and Friday, November 29-30, 2018 8:30 AM Registration  | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Course Hours, Both Days Where UM Coral Gables campus Day 1 College of Engineering, McArthur Engineering Annex, Room #MEA 202 Day 2 School of Communication, Communication International Building, Room #CIB 4051   Note: Please bring your own laptop (any OS).     Instructors:  Cameron Riopelle, PhD, Data Services Librarian  |  Paige Morgan PhD, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Scholarly Publishing Officer   SPONSORS                                          ...

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“Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM” 9/21

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“Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM” 9/21

A Flash Talks and Networking Symposium Friday, September 21, 2018 | 4:00-6:00 PM Ungar Building, Room 230C-D | RSVP Now It is a pleasure to invite you to Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM, organized by the Center for Computational Science. Social informatics includes modeling big behavioral data to understand human and non-human social interaction. Students working in psychology, education, geography, public health, or architecture; students studying sociality in model organisms; or students working on method development through computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering, may fall under the Social Systems Informatics umbrella. This event offers an opportunity for post-doc, graduate (and advanced undergraduate) students across campuses to connect, share their research, and network with each other and with invited faculty. Agenda Ice breaker Five-minute student flash talks (6x) Networking   Guide for Presenters We are calling all students who would like to present a flash talk. Presentations are maximum 5 minutes, followed by up to 5 minutes of questions. You may prepare a slide deck with a maximum of 5 slides. If interested in attending or presenting, please register. Important dates for presenters: 9/14 Deadline to Register to be a Presenter 9/19 Presentation Slides Submission Deadline 9/21 Date of Presentation For any questions regarding the event, please contact us at ccsengagement@miami.edu   We look forward to seeing you at Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM.  This event is free and open to UM Faculty, Staff, and Students. Location The Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Arthur A. Ungar Building, Room 230C-D 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146          ...

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